Additionally to the traditional TCDA-IBF Summer Intensive courses taking place each year in California, for it's 9th edition, the Festival will also take place for the first time in Europe, more precisely in the south of France, in the beautiful city of Lyon.
The city of Lyon is located at the confluence of the rivers Rhône and Saône, about 470 km (292 mi) southeast of Paris and 320 km (199 mi) north of Marseille (French Riviera).
It has a population of 516,092 within its municipal territory, but together with its suburbs and exurbs, the Lyon metropolitan area has a population of 2,323,221 - the second most populated in France.
The city is home to a plethora of architectural marvels. With Roman ruins, stunning contemporary architecture and a 16th-century old town, it’s no surprise that UNESCO designated Lyon a World Heritage site in 1998.
One can marvel at 14th-century cathedrals, futuristic museums, and cobblestone lanes.
High up on the Fourvière hilltop, looking down upon the Renaissance quarter of Lyon, is the 10,500-seat Roman amphitheatre. It’s one of the most significant sites of what once was the ancient Roman city of Lugdunum, today Lyon.
The site was founded by Julius Caesar, and Lugdunum was a vibrant city of 60,000 inhabitants. At the centre of where the city stood, today you’ll find the amphitheatre, inaugurated by Emperor Augustus in 15 BCE. It is the oldest Roman amphitheatre in France. The adjacent Roman Odeon Theatre was constructed during the second century. In excellent condition, the amphitheatre is still used today for an annual summer music festival.
For dance lovers, the Lyon Opera House and the "Biennale de la Danse" present high quality performances.
Between July 8 - 10, 2022, the International Dance Competition "Odyssée de la Danse" will also take place in Lyon - an event that we highly recommend to all students, as it offers opportunities to perform on the stage that will be shared with hundreds of dancers from around the world. For more information on the competition, click here.